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Banks, Iain 1954-2013

Works: 281 works in 1,587 publications in 13 languages and 29,010 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Science fiction  Domestic fiction  Suspense fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Psychological fiction  Fantasy fiction  Satire  History  Humorous fiction 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: PR6052.A485, 823.914
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Matter by Iain Banks( Book )

26 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a distant-future, highly advanced society of seemingly unlimited technological capability, a crime is committed within a war. For one brother it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one--maybe two--people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever. Only the sister is not what she once was; Djan Seriy Anaplian has become an agent of the Culture's Special Circumstances section, charged with high-level interference in civilizations throughout the greater galaxy. Concealing her new identity--and her particular set of abilities--might be a dangerous strategy. In the world to which Anaplian returns, nothing is quite as it seems; and determining the appropriate level of interference in someone else's war is never a simple matter
The hydrogen sonata by Iain Banks( Book )

20 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Suspected of involvement after the Regimental High Command is destroyed as they prepared to go to a new level of existence called Sublime, Lieutenant Commander Vyr Cossont must find a nine-thousand-year-old man to clear her name
Stonemouth by Iain Banks( Book )

25 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 1,170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stewart Gilmour must confront his past when he returns to Stonemouth, Scotland, for the funeral of a local patriarch during a supposed temporary truce between crime families
The player of games by Iain Banks( Book )

62 editions published between 1198 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gurgeh, a champion game player, travels a hundred thousand light years to the Empire of Azad, where the winner of their complex game becomes emperor
Surface detail by Iain Banks( Book )

24 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,091 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When sex slave Lededje Y'breq is murdered by a politician on the planet Sichult, the artificial intelligence running one of the Culture's immense starships resurrects her so she can seek revenge. Meanwhile, the Culture is uneasily watching the conflict over whether to preserve virtual Hells for the souls of "sinners" or give them the release of death
Consider Phlebas by Iain Banks( Book )

66 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,050 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, actually to find it, and with it their own destruction
The crow road : a novel by Iain Banks( Book )

49 editions published between 1991 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,045 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Prentice McHoan returns to his home town of Gallanach he meets a former girlfriend of his missing uncle Rory, who provides him with a folder of Rory's writings that inspires him to seek out the man who had disappeared eight years earlier
The business : a novel by Iain Banks( Book )

44 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,021 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Business is a nearly omnipotent and infinitely, discreet transglobal organization whose origins predate the Christian Church, if not the Roman Empire (which the Business actually owned for sixty-six days). Financially transparent, internally democratic, and morally dispassionate, the actual business of the Business seems - even to Kate Telman, a senior executive - to be vague to the point of invisibility. Counted among its vast riches are a book of Leonardo cartoons, dozens of Michelangelo's pornographic paintings, and several sets of Crown Jewels. All it lacks is a certain clout in politics, an arena that the Business has avoided for centuries but that has suddenly become of vital importance. No longer satisfied with its permanent base in Antarctica and its fortified Swiss headquarters, the Business is angling to buy its own nation in order to take a seat at the United Nations." "Kate is the perfect candidate to help the Business realize its most ambitious goal: She was plucked at age eight from a bleak urban slum and groomed for membership among the Businesses elite, and her personal and professional loyalties chart a single path. She has risen rapidly through the ranks, achieving a reputation as not only the firm's smartest and most beautiful employee but also its foremost expert on emerging technologies. While her loyalty never falters, as she travels the globe at the behest of her enigmatic employer she is forced to peel away layers of emotional insulation and to reassess the assumptions of a lifetime. To take control of her future, she must learn to do the Business."--BOOK JACKET
The wasp factory : a novel by Iain Banks( Book )

33 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different reasons than I'd disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim. That's my score to date. Three. I haven't killed anybody for years, and don't intend to ever again. It was just a stage I was going through.' Enter - if you can bear it - the extraordinary private world of Frank, just sixteen, and unconventional, to say the least. (Back cover)
Inversions by Iain Banks( Book )

30 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 984 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On a backward world with six moons, an alert spy reports on the doings of one Dr. Vosill, who has mysteriously become the personal physician to the king despite being a foreigner and, even more unthinkably, a woman. ... Elsewhere, in another palace across the mountains, a man named DeWar serves as chief bodyguard to the protector General of Tassasen."--Jacket
Look to windward by Iain Banks( Book )

33 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 964 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eight hundred years after two suns were exploded in order to end a war, "light from the first explosion is about to reach the Masaq' Orbital, home to the Culture's most adventurous and decadent souls. There it will fall upon Masaq's 50 billion inhabitants, gathered to commemorate the deaths of the innocent," and on Major Quilan, an emissary from the war-ravaged world of Chel.--Jacket
Transition by Iain Banks( Book )

35 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 950 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sharing nothing in common except links to an organization committed to protecting the world from itself, an assembly of dubious characters including a torturer, a reluctant assassin, and an amnesiac patient confront challenges beyond their imagining
The algebraist by Iain Banks( Book )

35 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 938 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The time is 4034 A.D. and humanity has made it to the stars, but Fassin Taak will be fortunate if he makes it to the end of the year as he searches for a secret that has remained hidden for half a billion years
Excession by Iain Banks( Book )

37 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on a group of planets ruled by artificial minds in competition with each other. Adventurers take advantage of this competition to seize a planet's spaceships and a war breaks out. By the author of The Player of Games
The quarry by Iain Banks( Book )

22 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 900 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kit doesn't know who his mother is. What he does know, however, is that his father, Guy, is dying of cancer. Feeling his death is imminent, Guy gathers around him his oldest friends - or at least the friends with the most to lose by his death. Paul - the rising star in the Labour party who dreads the day a tape they all made at university might come to light; Alison and Robbie, corporate bunnies whose relationship is daily more fractious; Pris and Haze, once an item, now estranged, and finally Hol - friend, mentor, former lover and the only one who seemed to care. But what will happen to Kit when Guy is gone? And why isn't Kit's mother in the picture? As the friends reunite for Guy's last days, old jealousies, affairs and lies come to light as Kit watches on
A song of stone : a novel by Iain Banks( Book )

30 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 870 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A band of guerrillas commanded by a tough lesbian occupy a castle during a Bosnia-style war. The novel describes the relationship of the civilized owners of the castle, a lord and lady, with their uncouth visitors. The relationship ends with the lady going to bed with the guerrilla woman
Complicity by Iain Banks( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of the morality of greed, corruption and violence. When several prominent people die mysteriously, the police beat a path to the door of an Edinburgh journalist known for his drug abuse and total commitment to computer games
The bridge by Iain Banks( Book )

58 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Bridge, master storyteller and weaver of worlds, Iain Banks creates a mysterious structure that leads from nowhere to nowhere. Everyone lives on the Bridge, including a man named Orr, devoid of personality or memory, and haunted by dreams of war
The steep approach to Garbadale by Iain Banks( Book )

20 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dark family secrets, a long-lost love affair and a multi-million pound gaming business lie at the heart of this Iain Banks' novel
Use of weapons by Iain Banks( Book )

50 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances' foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks and military action. The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him towards his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him as well as she thought. The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew both of these people. It had once saved the woman's life by massacring her attackers in a particularly bloody manner. It believed the man to be a lost cause. But not even its machine could see the horrors in his past. Ferociously intelligent, both witty and horrific, "Use Of Weapons" is a masterpiece of science fiction
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איאן בנקס סופר בריטי

뱅크스, 이언 1954-

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